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Buxus cuttings


I bought my first Buxus marginata from Hopetoun Garden Centre away back in the early eighties (1980’s). I had intended to grow it in the old cold water storage tank which was removed when the house was replumbed. We intended to build it in to a wall we were building. I was advised to forget using the tank as a liner and to plant in to the shape we had made using the tank so that the plant could sink its roots well below the danger of being killed by frost. I am now training that first bush as a bird using my not brilliant skill in topiary. I bought a second bush a few years later and will try and shape it too. For many years I discarded the trimmings but a friend asked if I could grow some cuttings for her. I have propagated loads of bushes since then. My most recent batch should have been potted in April having been taken in September last year. Today I decided to pot some of them up. From a batch of 6 I got three with first class roots. One with the beginnings of two roots and another two still looking fresh and healthy but no roots. I have potted up the best three in individual 3" pots, the one with less roots in a 2" pot and the other two I have repotted into fresh compost. I could have ditched them but they do look alright, just taking longer to get going. I took some photos. I hope these are helpful. I’ll try and remember to photograph their progress. I still have several pots to pot on. I will need to take the time to do it. Now that these are potted on the roots seen here will develop tiny hair roots to allow the plant to take up water and nutrients. Often the roots will start to show coming through the holes in the bottom of a pot and you will know its time to move them in to better accommodation.

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Useful post Scotsgran. I just have to comment Re your topiary. Readers can be assured that they are looking great and one day they'll get their debut here on GOY I'm sure :)

9 Jul, 2014


Great! I have a variegated box - it's old and I trim it back a bit every year. It has never occurred to me to use any of the trimmings as there's an idea...

9 Jul, 2014


Thanks Scottish. I did show the bird at the front gate in a blog I did in January 2014. I must say it is taking a long time to grow to the desired shape.
Mel the trimmings make great cuttings. Just keep the best, about 4" long is good. Remove the bottom leaves dip in water then in rooting hormone then push them in around the edge of a pot. Good luck and remember to let us see how they grow.

10 Jul, 2014


I'll do that, Scotsgran.

10 Jul, 2014


I'll be following your guidance too, Scotsgran, just as soon as the rain stops and it warms up again! Feels like winter here today and so much rain :(

11 Jul, 2014


We had a lovely day yesterday but today we are forecast rain. We certainly could do with it. Good luck with your cuttings too Gee. I have so much to do in the garden and I was working 'til 9.30pm potting up seedlings. It got too dark to see properly but it was a fine evening perfect for being outside. I'm off out again to see if they are still standing. It was a full moon last night so perfect for walking.

12 Jul, 2014

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